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Louise Murray, Ph.D.
Chairperson

Santa Maria Hall 16

Phone: (973) 290-4430
lmurray@steu.edu

Meet the Social Work Faculty

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Louise Murray, MSW, LSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Chairperson

P: (973) 290-4430 | E: lmurray@steu.edu

Dr. Louise Murray, Program ChairpersonDr. Murray, who serves as Chair of the Social Work Program, has 20 years of experience in public and private child welfare agencies where she has served as a foster care caseworker, program analyst, and project evaluator. In 1997, she began as an assistant professor in the Sociology program at Saint Elizabeth University.

Dr. Murray has also taught social work research at the Fordham University School of Social Services and the New York University School of Social Work. She has published in Child Welfare and Public Welfare and made presentations at several social work conferences/meetings.

Dr. Murray has extensive community service including serving on the Morris School District Board of Education from 1989 through 2004; Vice President of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey from 2004 through 2013; and a founding member of Impact 100 Garden State, a grants agency for innovative social service/arts programs.

Currently, she is a member of the Steering Committee for the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, a network of 130 social service agencies, government organizations, and faith-based groups.


Lauren Busfield, MSW, LCSW, DSW

Assistant Professor, Director of Field Placement

P: (973) 290-4103 | E: lbusfield@steu.edu

Dr. Lauren Busfield, Program ChairpersonDr. Busfield is a clinical social worker, working both in private practice and the non-profit sector, where she has been serving as a field supervisor for both BSW and MSW students for several years. She has been working with adolescents, children, and their families in a variety of therapeutic environments, including outpatient, hospice, and inpatient/partial hospitalization programs.

Dr. Busfield completed her Doctorate in Social Work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Master's in Social Work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. For the last several years, she has been researching, publishing and presenting on ways in which technology impacts the culture of young people, their mental health, their family relationships, and their development. She runs a resource and research site for parents and mental health professionals raising and working with children who are growing up in a digital world.

Dr. Busfield has also published articles and given presentations related to intersectionality and trauma, especially as related to adolescent development.